Womens Community Leadership Course

Hammersmith United Charities with its partners, Imperial College London, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Lyric Hammersmith are delighted to celebrate International Womens Day and to make a contribution to #pressforprogress by announcing that we shall soon be launching the Hammersmith and Fulham Womens community leadership course.

 

Agents for Change is an innovative new programme which will launch in 2018 in the Hammersmith and Fulham area.

It has come about as a direct result of a question raised at Hammersmith United Charity’s celebration of International Women’s Day in 2017. Following a discussion with Professor Maggie Dallman from Imperial College and Sian Alexander from the Lyric Theatre, a member of the audience asked if there was a local community based womens’ leadership programme. This is the result.

The programme will launch with a pilot course in the late Spring. The free course will be open to any local woman aged 18+ who wants to develop her leadership skills with the support of other local women..

Last week we celebrated the launch of Agents for Change, the new women's leadership programme developed in partnership by Hammersmith United Charities, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Imperial College London and Lyric Hammersmith.Professor Maggie Dallman tells us how the idea of the programme became reality!Music: https://www.bensound.com

Posted by Hammersmith United Charities on Monday, 14 May 2018

For more information, visit the website: https://agentsforchange.wixsite.com/agentsforchange

Hammersmith Reflections – Award Winning Secret Gardens Open Saturday 9 June

Hammersmith United Charities is thrilled to announce the charity has won two awards at the London Gardens Society Competition for each of its two sheltered housing schemes for older people.  Sycamore House won third place for the large community gardens at the awards ceremony. (more…)

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Enigma Event – Polish Heritage Day

We were up against the Royal wedding, the FA cup final (featuring Chelsea), battery powered technology and Ikea flat pack garden furniture…it didn’t feel promising! But the sun shone, we viewed “the dress” on our mobile phones and we were enchanted by the hospitality of the organisers of Polish Heritage day in Ravenscourt Park.

This Enigma lunch took place in a tent on a drop in basis. The revelation was how to make people laugh – genuinely surprised, proper laughs – directly ask them to sit at a (slightly wobbly, bilious orange) table, eat bread and cheese and talk to someone they don’t know. For those who dared, this was everything we wanted from an Enigma event; people sharing their stories, their languages and their experiences.

We focused the lunch around the republication of “Passport to Exile”, memories of Polish migrants in the 1980s. And around an artist in residence who shared his art with us during the day. Technology failure denied us a Polish musician but instead we enjoyed – for the first time in this series of events – the conversation and enthusiasm of some delightful children.

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Irish Enigma Event

Serenaded by footstompingly enjoyable traditional Irish musicians, we enjoyed the hospitality of the new Irish Cultural Centre for our third Enigma lunch.

The hall was full for the occasion with guests drawn from the Cultural Centre, our residents, friends of the charity and neighbours who found out about the event from Next Door.

As hoped, the conversation flowed, sparked to some extent by responses to our republication of the reminiscences of Irish migrants first published in the 1980s. Guests were delighted to read the stories; some remembered the original project and, for others, the stories newly discovered, very much tuned in to their own memories.

We ended the event with a riveting and entertaining story by a professional story teller who had the whole hall enthralled and entertained with her tale of her life as the daughter of a small town shopkeeper  – and more seriously with her thoughts about “community”  – very much the theme of our Enigma lunches.

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Hammersmith Reflections – People who aren’t like us

I was sitting in the sunshine on a bench in Ravenscourt Park having a coffee when I noticed people waving from another bench on the far side of the Tea House. It was Diane, who lives locally near Hammersmith Grove, and a couple of other people.

Diane comes over. We haven’t seen each other for a while. She’s pleased to see me and shrieks in delight.  I am delighted to bump in to her too. Diane smiles. You should see that smile; (more…)

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